They've had the liberty of having a day off between each of their five straight wins. Of course when they host Tampa on Thursday it will be back-to-backs for both teams.
If the Isles should beat Tampa on Tuesday that would give them six straight wins in a period just 10 calendar days. How many times has that happened in Islander history?
In 1989-90, the Isles strung together 9 straight wins leading up to the All-Star break. The final six wins came in a ten-day period: Jan 10-19.
In 1981-82, the Isles strung together 15 straight wins to set an NHL record. The final six of those wins also came in a ten-day period: Feb 11-20.
The Isles have been very strong this season on back-ends of back-2-backs, going 8-3-1, including 4-0 when the second game was at home. The losses on the back-end were in Toronto in October, at the Garden in November, and in Ottawa in December. Counting last night, the Isles will play 5 sets of back-to-backs in their final 22 games.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick. Eric has worked the Stanley Cup Finals four times, and celebrated his 26th anniversary as the statistician on Islander home telecasts on January 21, 2008.